Brother for Ewan and Pierce

Hi there, I'm looking for a third boy name and have been considering "Calvin Joseph Bennett" or "Asa William Bennett" - "Ace" for short. Brothers are Ewan and Pierce. Thoughts? Is "Pierce" and "Ace" too harsh-sounding? Thanks!

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June 28, 2017 4:08 PM

I think both your options are lovely! Of the two, I personally prefer Calvin Joseph, as Calvin Bennett sounds better to my ear than Asa Bennett, but it's pretty much a matter of taste at this point. Good luck!

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June 28, 2017 4:46 PM

Ewan, Pierce and Calvin sound great together,  sorry dont like Asa/Ace  - Asher would be nice too

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June 29, 2017 5:35 PM

I like both those names, although I am curious why Asa would be shortened? I think it's lovely as-is (and no longer to say than Ewan and Calvin) and I do think that Ace is a bit too similar sounding to Pierce for brothers. So if you're only happy with Asa if you were to use the nickname Ace I'd vote for Calvin, otherwise I'd vote for Asa. :)

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June 30, 2017 2:34 PM

Thanks for your thoughtful comment! Agree that it doesn't need to be shortened. Asa is nice as is. I think I was wondering about whether it might get shortened to Ace anyway, so would I need to like the shortened version. Overthinking it!

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June 30, 2017 4:45 PM

You're welcome! :) While it's always possible that a name will get shortened (and good to consider if the shortened version would drive you crazy) I wouldn't assume it to be likely, especially not with a name like Asa. And if your son did at some point in the future start to go by Ace with his friends then the similarity to Pierce wouldn't really be a problem, as within the family he could remain Asa. To play devil's advocate I'd be more worried about Calvin becoming Cal...

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June 30, 2017 3:06 PM

I actually know way more female Asa's than male Asa's, which makes me worry that it's going to go girl in the wave of baby Ava's and even if it doesn't it might get frequenly misspelled as Ava, something to keep in mind. You might not think it's a big deal but your son might get pretty sick of being called a girl's name his whole life. I'd go with Calvin all the way.

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July 3, 2017 7:48 AM

I can offer a bit of been there, done that advice as I named a son a name far likelier to be misread and misheard as female. He has a less ambiguous nickname to use if he chooses, like Ace, too, but he hasn't yet found that necessary-- it really hasn't been a problem for him, and at age 8, we are now in the window where I would have expected problems to have surfaced if they were going to. He is very male identified and having his name lead to people expecting a girl is really just a source of humor for him and his friends. No teasing, no conflict. We do live in a very liberal area and the social norms around gender roles are pretty flexible-- and there are many unisex names in circulation (male and female Averys and Sages present in the same school with nary a difficulty).

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July 4, 2017 10:15 AM

Thanks for the thoughtful comments. These are good things to consider. Husband isn't convinced by Asa, so Calvin is looking more likely at this point (16 weeks left to go). The one thing I have not mentioned to DH is the meaning of Calvin, "bald," which will probably not go down well given it is genetically apt! Maybe I will leave it for DH to discover for himself, should he make the effort to do his research....! 

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October 12, 2017 10:36 PM

Haha, I think the first one is better. 

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September 28, 2017 9:03 AM

Hands-down Asa! I love that name, it's not heard enough. Yes, you could have some gender confusion, but I've known numerous Asas in my life who have all been boys (the Biblical figure was male so you have that, too).  As@ Willi@m B-nnett is a very handsome full name. 

Calvin is fine, I strongly associate it with Calvin Klein (cologne and such company) and Calvin Harris (singer). That said, it's a great name, very young but not immature, sounds great in the full name.